Vijayawada

Oh! Dining in an airplane

Cynosure of all eyes: People taking selfie in front of a decommissioned Boeing 707 aircraft, which would be converted into a restaurant, at Nidamanuru.   | Photo Credit: V RAJU

Even in this era of low-cost flying, many just fantasise about flying in an airplane as they cannot afford it. For those, here’s a consolation.

Re-commissioned, as a restaurant

A decommissioned Boeing 707 jet airplane abutting the Chennai-Kolkata national highway at Nidamanuru has become a cynosure of eyes for the past couple of days. The airplane, which spans up to 44 meters in length, rode - yes, rode - all the way from New Delhi to the city recently on the back of a trailer truck. Once flown by Air India, the jet is here to stay and house a first of its kind restaurant for the denizens in its hull and on its wings as well.

“The airplane restaurant will be a major attraction and a part of the airplane theme food court that will come up in the three-acre plot,” said P. Peela Prashanth, managing director of P4 Precast, the firm which has designed and executing the project for a city-based businessman.

Ever since it was stationed on the designated plot near the Model Dairy unit in Nidamanaru, people have been flocking to have a close look at the airplane and its components.

A long ride from Delhi

“It took a month for the operators of the trailer truck to shift the airplane from Delhi to the city. Four highly professional truck drivers and staff overcame all the challenges with great effort and finally it was here a few days ago,” Mr. Prashanth said.

It cost more than a dozen lakh rupees to just transport the airplane and over a couple of crore rupees was spent on buying it, according to Mr. Prashanth.

Cockpit? No, a game console

“The airplane was transported with its wings and wheels separated and they are being affixed as per our requirements now. Once completed, it will have a restaurant with wooden interiors in the hull and possibly a game console in the cockpit. In addition, specialised seating with a table for two will be arranged on each wing,” Mr. Prashanth explained. The rest of the area will have several food stalls and play area and the entire concept is focused on providing a proper food and recreation zone for the families in the city, he added.

60 diners

The airplane which originally had a seating capacity for 189 passengers, as a restaurant will have space for sixty persons. However, according to Mr. Prashanth, it will take at least six more months for the airplane restaurant to be open for foodies. So far across the country, there are about four such airplane themed restaurants.

Enjoy the flight. On the ground, of course .


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